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Remember That Song? – 7/12/11

Today is Christine McVie’s (of Fleetwood Mac) 68th birthday.

Can you remember her biggest solo hit? Here are some lyrics:

You’re liftin’ me up
Never let me down
And I smile
Whenever you’re around
Ooh and I’ve got a feeling
It’ll work out right
Can’t stop thinking about you
Every day and night


Yesterday’s: “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi in honor of Richie Sambora’s 52nd Birthday:

Chains of love got a hold on me
When passion’s a prison you can’t break free

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Hits of 1986 – Horrible and Great

On January 11, 2010 Stuck in the 80s released their Horrible Hits of 1985 Podcast (Episode 187). Here is their list:

10. We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off – Jermaine Stewart
9. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News
8. Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney
7. All Cried Out – Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam With Full Force
6. Sleeping Bag – ZZ Top
5. Love Touch – Rod Stewart
4. Crush On You – The Jets
3. Holding Back the Years – Simply Red
2. Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
1. That’s What Friends Are For – Dionne Warwick and Friends

You can see the top 100 hits from Billboard that year.

This was another tough one for me. I didn’t have too much of a problem with the Horrible songs. But there were so many songs that I liked, I had a hard time narrowing it down. If I compiled a list again for this year next week, there could be 10 totally different songs on the list. But, this is what I have right now.
First, the Horrible:

5. Kiss – Prince and The Revolution

I think that only dogs can hear Prince singing this song. It is waaaay to high pitched for me, and gives me quite the headache. I much prefer his Purple Rain songs, and a few others. But this song just goes right through me.

4. Take My Breath Away – Berlin/h3>

The Top Gun soundtrack had some great songs, such as Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”, “Playing With the Boys” (despite the association with that horrific volleyball scene in the movie), and Loverboy’s “Heaven in Your Eyes”. This Berlin song just ruins the whole thing. It’s long, boring, droning song. “Heaven In Your Eyes” should have been the only ballad on this soundtrack – unless they got Soundtrack King Kenny Loggins to record one.

3. Stuck With You – Huey Lewis and The News:

This song spent 3 weeks at number 1! Are you kidding me!?! I think they were still be rewarded for their Sports album. This song was off of the Fore album. For me, “Stuck With You” feels like “If This Is It, Part 2”. And if you look at my list of 1984 Horrible Hits, you will notice that I didn’t think too much of that song either.

2. Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel

Much like Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing”, this song was probably a huge hit because of it’s innovative video. This song was way too overrated. I love Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”, but I could never change the station fast enough when this crappy song came on.

1. Nikita – Elton John

I love a lot of Elton John’s songs. But, he also has many horrible songs. And this clunker is the bottom of the barrel for me. I like some of Elton’s 80s songs. But it’s songs like “Nikita” that make me prefer his songs from the ’70s.

And here are the Great hits of 1986:

10. Burning Heart – Survivor: This song was on the Rocky IV Soundtrack. It wasn’t as big a hit as “Eye of the Tiger”, but it’s still a really good song. Great for working out or running to at the time.

9. Something About You – Level 42: Level 42 is a very underrated English band. This is their best known song in the U.S., and I still like it today.

8. Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen: This was the first Van Halen song with Sammy Hagar as the lead singer. They proved that they could be successful without David Lee Roth. There was not a bad song on the 5150 album. And “Why Can’t This Be Love” proved that they could perform great ballads as well as rockers.

7. No One Is to Blame – Howard Jones: This is a nice song that is easy on the ears.

6. Your Love – The Outfield: The Outfield’s popularity exploded in the U.S. with the release of this song. This is a fun song that I enjoy a lot.

5. All I Need Is A Miracle – Mike + The Mechanics

This Supergroup was formed by Mike Rutherford of Genesis, and featured Paul Carrack and Paul Young (not to be confused with the Paul Young who sang “Every Time You Go Away”) on vocals. This is a really good, upbeat song. “The Living Years” is probably my favorite song from the ’80s, but this song isn’t too bad itself.

4. Amanda – Boston

After having a string of great songs in the late ’70s, Boston hadn’t had anything new for 7 years. Then they finally came back in 1986 with their Third Stage album, and “Amanda” was the lead single. The song went number one for 2 weeks in a row. Boston was consistenly great, and this is no exception.

3. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean

“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” was the theme song for the Romancing the Stone sequel, Jewel of the Nile. Billy Ocean has a great voice, and this was a fun song.

2. You Give Love a Bad Name – Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi was a pretty good rock band, with two albums under their belt, when they released Slippery When Wet. When “You Give Love a Bad Name” was released as the first single, the band’s popularity went through the stratosphere. This was a great song as people that were into rock liked it, and people that were more into pop were still drawn to this.

1. Glory of Love – Peter Cetera

I was always a Chicago fan, so I was sad when Cetera left the band. But the band went on to continue being successful, and Peter Cetera didn’t do to shabby himself. “Glory of Love” was Cetera’s first solo song, and it was a smash hit. It was on his album Solitude/Solitaire, and was the theme song for The Karate Kid Part II. I could not get enough of this song when it came out.

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Richie Sambora Enters Rehab; Bon Jovi to Continue Tour

The following is from TV Guide:

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has checked into rehab, but it will not affect the band’s upcoming North American and European tour.

“Our support for Richie is absolute. He is, and will remain, a member of Bon Jovi. Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return,” the band said in a statement. “In the meantime, we will keep our commitment to our fans and continue our tour.”

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The band did not say who would replace Sambora on the tour, which kicks off Saturday in New Orleans and runs through July 31 in Lisbon.

Sambora is being treated at an undisclosed facility. He previously did a stint in rehab in 2007.

Daily Trivia – 1/13/11

Question: What retailer unleashed the Discover card in 1985?


Last Question: What memorable song was a top-five hit for Willie Nelson in 1982, and for the Pet Shop Boys in 1988?

Answer: Always On My Mind

“Always on My Mind” was originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1971, and was written by the songwriting trio of Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson Thompson. Elvis even recorded a version of it in 1972.

In 1982, one of my all-time favorite performers, Willie Nelson, released the song. It raced up to number 1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart, and stayed on top for 2 weeks. The song also did very well on Top 40 radio, peaking at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was Billboard’s number one country song for 1982. “Always on My Mind” won three Grammys (including Grammy Award for Song of the Year), and won the 1982 and 1983 CMA “Song of the Year”, and the 1982 CMA Single of the Year.

In 1987, Pet Shop Boys, best known for the song “West End Girls”, recorded a synthpop version of “Always on My Mind”. This version topped the UK charts for 4 weeks. It also peaked at number four in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988, becoming the duo’s fifth and last Top 10 hit there.

And here is a great version of the song performed by Willie along with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora at a concert that I believe was celebrating Willie’s 70th birthday. Vince Vaughn makes the introduction, and gives an interesting bit a trivia about Farm Aid:

New Bon Jovi Greatest Hits (with 4 new songs) Released Today

“Raise Your Hands” if you are going to buy, or have already bought the new Bon Jovi Greatest Hits. No, that song isn’t on there, but if you get the Ultimate Collection version of this album, there is a very good combination of Bon Jovi’s classics, and their more recent hit songs. You can see the list of songs here.

The down side of this collection (for those of us who download legally) is that you need to purchase the whole album in order to get the new songs. That is probably a good idea business-wise, but not cool for fans like myself who already own everything else they ever came out with! If you just download the “1 disc” version, you only get 2 new songs. But I coughed up $15.99 of my iTunes credits to get the Ultimate Collection, which contains 4 new songs, and I do have to say that I’m not disappointed!

“What Do You Got?”

The first new song (Track 15 on disc 1) is a very good slower tempo song. This is also the first song released off of the album as a single. The video is part of the package of the “Ultimate” collection. It is a typical timeless Bon Jovi song, and worthy of being part of this collection.

“No Apologies”

The second new song (Track 16 on disc 1) is a great fist pumping rocker. It is kind of similar to “We Weren’t Born to Follow” from their last album The Circle. It is about standing by what you believe in. It is a very anthemic song.

“This is Love This is Life”

Track 11 on the second disc is a very good up-tempo song. There is some throwback vocoder in it. It kind of has a “Born to Be My Baby”, “Livin’ On a Prayer” feel to it.

“The More Things Change”

And they saved the best for last. It is kind of autobiographical, and also suits us ’80s fans. With lyrics like this:

If you hang in long enough they say you’re comin’ back
Just take a look, we’re living proof and baby that’s a fact

this was a perfect song to end the album with.

So, I would say that if you are a Bon Jovi fan, this is a great album to add to your collection. It is better that their last Greatest Hits compilation – Cross Road, and is not as overwhelming as the box set, 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong.
This is also a great album for any younger music fans who are beginning to get into Bon Jovi.

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Bon Jovi Greatest Hits Track List Released

Here is the track listing of Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits, which will be released on November 9th. There will be a Greatest Hits version, which is 1 disc, and there is The Ultimate Collection, which is 2 discs. You can pre-order at the record company, Island Def Jam’s, web site.

DISC 1 (Ultimate & Standard)

1. Livin’ On A Prayer
2. You Give Love a Bad Name
3. It’s My Life
4. Have a Nice Day
5. Wanted Dead or Alive
6. Bad Medicine
7. We Weren’t Born to Follow
8. I’ll Be There For You
9. Born to Be My Baby
10. Blaze of Glory
11. Who Says You Can’t Go Home (duet featuring Jennifer Nettles)
12. Lay Your Hands On Me
13. Always
14. Runaway
15. What Do You Got? * New Song
16. No Apologies * New Song

DISC 2 (Ultimate Collection Only)

1. In These Arms
2. Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night
3. Lost Highway
4. Keep The Faith
5. When We Were Beautiful
6. Bed of Roses
7. This Ain’t a Love Song
8. These Days
9. (You Want to) Make a Memory
10. Blood on Blood
11. This is Love This is Life * New Song
12. The More Things Change * New Song

New Bon Jovi Greatest Hits Album Cover

Bon Jovi’s upcoming Greatest Hits collection will be released on November 9th this year. Bon Jovi’s Facebook page revealed the album cover.
As far as the songs go, here is what was revealed on the bands official web site:

Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS will be a 16-song single disc chock full of the band’s biggest chart-toppers including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Always,” “It’s My Life,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.” Two new songs, including lead single “What Do You Got,” round out the tracklisting. “What Do You Got?” will hit radio airwaves globally at the end of August.

Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION will be a 28-song two disc edition made up of the GREATEST HITS CD from the standard edition and a second disc featuring beloved fan favorites including “Bed of Roses,” “Blood on Blood,” “These Days,” and “Keep The Faith” plus the third and fourth new tracks created for this project.

The four new songs (“The More Things Change,” “No Apologies,” “This Is Love, This Is Life” and the first single, “What Do You Got?”) were written specifically for inclusion in this compilation.

The complete tracklistings for Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS and Bon Jovi GREATEST HITS – THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION will be unveiled exclusively at http://www.bonjovi.com.

Here is the new single, “What Do You Got?”:

Bon Jovi to Release Special Editions of Their Catalog

Bon Jovi has just announced on their Facebook page and web site that on May 11, they will release special editions of all the albums they have had up to this point. Each album will also contain new bonus tracks and special packaging. The following is from their web site:

Each of the band’s 11 studio albums – Bon Jovi, 7800° Fahrenheit, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Keep The Faith, These Days, Crush, Bounce, Have A Nice Day and Lost Highway and The Circle – will feature the original studio album tracks plus era-specific live recordings included as bonus tracks. The bonus live tracks include songs taken from sound checks and concerts held in venues from all over the world, ranging from 500 seat theatres to massive football stadiums. Many of the live versions are extended, including “Get Ready” (Bon Jovi), “In and Out Of Love” (7800° Fahrenheit), “Blood on Blood” (New Jersey), “Keep The Faith” (Keep The Faith), and a duet featuring Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland performing “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” (Have A Nice Day) with the band.

These albums be available as a physical release and as a digital download.